|Bobby The Soulful
Bobby The Entertainer
Bobby The Educator
Bobby The Soulful Pianist/Vocalist
I love playing the piano. If you really want to know what
music engages me the most, it is Jazz. Blues taps my soul the best. My versatility
allows me to play popular and R & B as well. With every piece, I practice until I
actually feel the feeling and like it. If I play it, I have to like it. My pianist
training is from E. Vallalee Piano School-Yonkers, NY, Meheegan Jazz Studies, and years of
self-instruction mixed with the raw experience of performing. My music is influenced
by many Jazz Artists I have encountered over the years. All of them have something to
offer, but the main influences are Oscar Peterson, Barry Harris, Roland Kirk, Jaki Byard,
Junior Mance, and of course, Thelonius Monk.
In Blues music, I enjoy Muddy Waters, Jimmy reed, and
naturally, B.B. King. Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Fats Waller head
the list of legends I am indebted to for much of my lounge work. I also like Fats Domino
and Louis Jordan for the New Orleans Jazz element that a lot of people seem to love. Add
Ray Charles, Billy Joel, Elton John, and a variety of R&B performers, including the
Motown Era, and you have more or less a good picture of what I do.
Lets not forget Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and the
entire history of swing and big band music. People often dance to my music because of the
rhythm. I think the years I spent playing rehearsals in Community and Regional
Professional Theater, providing music for large dance productions with piano alone
enhanced my sense of rhythm.
People tell me they like me because I have a
"groove" to my music, a flow, a genuine, good rhythm. They like the
clarity, the dexterity, the soulfulness in the voice and in the piano playing, no matter
what style of music I am playing or singing.
Over the years, the requests for vocals outmatched the
requests for instrumentals. Always sensitive to the need for people to enjoy themselves
and what they hear, I have accommodated and developed a singing style that seems to touch
people in unexpected ways.
Bobby The Entertainer
As an entertainer, I try to make everyone in
the room feel at home. I aim to communicate, be humorous, personable, and informed.
I am not flashy or outspoken. I let the music do the entertaining, for I feel it is
my best suit.
Here are just some songs that I have played
and sang around the world:
A Night in Tunisia,
When Sunny Gets Blue,
Well You Needn't,
A Sleeping Bee,
In the Mood
|Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You,
St. James Infirmary,
Sweet Home Chicago,
Stormy Monday Blues
Feel Like Making Love, Honkey Cat,
She's Got a Way,
Just the Two of Us,
What a Wonderful World,
Nat King Cole,
I like teaching. It allows me to give something back. I
have had many personal students over the years and taught at three community based Schools
in Syracuse, NY. Salt City Center for the Performing Arts, Metropolitan School of
Music, and the Paul Robeson Performing Arts School.
Basically I teach the student how to teach
himself. Knowledge is available everywhere you look. Internalizing that knowledge is
up to the student. Practice is key. One must practice long hours just to remove
outside interferences that distract the brain and compromise its value as a perfect
If you are willing to learn, and need to have knowledge,
you will benefit greatly from the teaching materials I am currently developing that focus
on the ability of the brain to self-instruct.
The tools for learning are built in. I just help to bring
them out. I teach a simplified approach to Jazz Harmony. Current methods are too
complicated and make too much out of a music form that is best suited for the ear rather
than the eyes.